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Former Electrical Workers Official in Pittsburgh Pleads Guilty

IBEW logoOn March 11, David Come, former vice president and assistant business manager for Local 1919 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania to submitting false expense vouchers to the Pittsburgh-based union during January 2006-January 2007. He then was sentenced to nine months probation and ordered to pay $2,850.83 in restitution. The guilty plea and sentencing follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Ex-Niagara Falls Mayor Charged with Embezzling Electrical Workers Benefits

IBEW logo Vince Anello originally was an electrician. And he still is. But it's his relationship with a local of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) before, during and after his tenure as mayor of Niagara Falls, N.Y. that explains his troubles. Anello was charged in Buffalo federal court on Monday, June 7, with embezzling from the Niagara Falls-based IBEW Local 237 and filing false financial documents on behalf of the union. The allegations are in addition to a federal indictment in 2008 stating that shortly before taking office he'd taken a $40,000 bribe from a prominent area contractor in return for a grant of vending rights on city-owned property. He's pleaded not guilty in both cases.

Michigan Electrical Workers Local Treasurer Ordered to Pay Fine

Electrical Workers logoOn February 8, Carolyn Williams, former secretary-treasurer of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 352, was ordered by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan to pay a $1,000 fine and a $100 special assessment. She previously had made restitution to the Lansing union in the amount of $9,554.14 after pleading guilty in October to embezzlement. The sentencing follows a probe by the labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Southern California Electrical Workers Local Treasurer Indicted

Electrical Workers logoJames Miles has plenty of reasons to fear a trial - more than 350 of them, in fact. Miles, formerly treasurer of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1023, pleaded not guilty in Riverside, Calif. federal court on February 3 to charges related to his theft of more than $93,000 from the Barstow union over four and a half years. A grand jury on January 13 had indicted him on one count of embezzlement, nine counts of mail fraud and two counts of filing false financial statements with the U.S. Department of Labor. He also allegedly filed false federal and state tax returns on behalf of himself and the union. A pretrial hearing is set for March 22.

Electrical Workers Secretary-Treasurer in Michigan Pleads Guilty to Theft

IBEW logoOn October 28, Carolyn Williams, former secretary-treasurer of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 352 in Lansing, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan to embezzling $9,554.14 in union funds. She had been indicted in September. The guilty plea follows a probe by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Michigan Electrical Workers Secretary-Treasurer Indicted for Embezzlement

IBEW logoOn September 17, Carolyn Williams, former secretary-treasurer of Local 352 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan on one count of embezzling $9,554.14 in funds from the Lansing union. The indictment follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Ex-Treasurer for Electrical Workers Local in Pittsburgh Indicted

IBEW logoOn July 7, Thomas Carrola, former financial secretary-treasurer for Local 1919 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania on one count of embezzling funds in the amount of $35,057.70 and one count of falsifying union records. The Pittsburgh-based local represents electrical line and tree removal workers. The indictment follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Former San Antonio Electrical Workers Official Indicted for Embezzlment

IBEW logoOn July 15, Paul Hernandez, formerly secretary-treasurer and Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee Director of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 60 in San Antonio, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas for embezzling an unspecified sum of funds from an employee benefit plan. The indictment follows a joint investigation by the Department of Labor's Office of Labor-Management Standards and Employee Benefits Security Administration.

Virginia Voters Reject Influence-Peddler Terry McAuliffe

McAuliffe photoBy a wide margin yesterday, Virginia voters nominated State Senator R. Creigh Deeds as the Democratic Party candidate for governor. In so doing, they rejected the candidacy of former Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Terry McAuliffe, a top Clinton confidante with a long history of influence-peddling. With roughly 75 percent of the ballots counted, Deeds had received about 50 percent of the tally, with McAuliffe and State Delegate Brian Moran each with roughly 25 percent. Deeds will face Republican Attorney General Bob McDonnell, who ran unopposed, in this November's general election. But the real news may be the defeat of McAuliffe, a powerful and ethically-challenged party fundraiser. Former President Bill Clinton, among other party stalwarts, actively had stumped on his behalf.

Electrical Workers Secretary-Treasurer in Minnesota Convicted of Theft

IBEW logoOn April 2, William Thomas Brown, former financial secretary of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 886 in New Hope, Minnesota, was convicted in Hennepin County District Court of theft of union funds in the amount of $6,467.05. He was sentenced to three years probation and 30 days of home electronic monitoring, and ordered to make restitution. The conviction follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards. (OLMS, 4/21/09).

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